Oscar Chalupsky Clinic at Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak Centre

Discussion in 'General Paddling Discussions' started by lilydipper, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. lilydipper

    lilydipper Paddler

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    June 15 and 16
    9 - 12 or 1 - 4 on both days
    The Saturday AM is full and the other classes are filling

    Who is Oscar Chalupsky? You Ask.

    Oscar has dominated the world of surf ski racing for about 30 years. Last year, at 49 he won what is considered the world championship of surfski racing....Molokai for the 12th time. A 50 km crossing of one of the roughest channels in the world. He managed to defeat the two year reining champ who was 10 years his junior. Oscar is obviously not the fittest in the race and he didn't have youth on his side, but he was able to accomplish this amazing feat through his vast experience, his ability to travel maximum distance per stroke, and his amazing ability to surf a following sea better than anybody out there.

    Oscar will share his secrets of technique and riding waves in these 3 hour clinics. You don't need to be a surf ski paddler. All levels of kayakers can benefit from these clinics.

    Oscar will teach you how to:
    Maximize your distance traveled per stroke
    How to maximize your power output by utilizing your entire body
    How to set up your kayak to allow you to be most efficient
    And a whole lot more

    Clinics are $100 604-987-2202 Deep Cove Outdoors
    He has been travelling around the eastern seaboard the last few months conducting clinics at kayak symposiums. Again, All levels of kayakers will benefit. This will be Oscar's first visit to Vancouver and Canada. Don't miss out

    There is still room in some of the classes.

    Read this review of Oscar's clinic....
    I did a surfski clinic with Oscar Chalupsky for the first time 4 years ago. At that time I had paddled surfski for 8 years and I thought I pretty much knew what there was to know about surfski. I have done more that 30 clinics with Oscar by now and my paddling skills have improved a lot and there is a lot more I want to learn. Forward stroke, equipment set up, understanding waves...it all comes together to be able to experience the paddling we do now in Tarifa.
    Boyan Zlatarev

    Hope you can make it,
    Bob Putnam
     
  2. AM

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    And if I showed up with a Greenland paddle, would that be too weird?

    Just asking...

    Andrew
     
  3. lilydipper

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    There is nothing weird about a greenland paddle. It's all paddling, all good fun on the water. Obviously he will not be teaching greenland stroke technique, but use the information you can and build it into your personal style. A lot of what Oscar teaches is about generating power by using the big muscle group and our connection to the boat and connection to the paddle.
    Bob
     
  4. Reef

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    I love this interview of Oscar by Joe Glickman (author of Fearless, Freya Hoffmeisters story)
    where Joe says he has the physique of Santa Claus and is too "over golfed" to win the race from Molokai to Oahu.
    http://www.epickayaks.com/news/news/the ... g-the-best

    and he won! Awesome story.
     
  5. Joe_O

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    If I were in BC, I'd sign up for this in a second! This clinic would be worth far more than what is being charged. Oscar is THE MAN. And as Bob said, what folks would learn, whether you use a Greenland Paddle, a Wing or a Euro, the skills and knowledge you'd gain from this would be amazing!!
    Very tempted to book myself a holiday for this!

    Joe O'
     
  6. AM

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    Well, I went to the clinic and am now enjoying a beer and giving my brain a rest. What a great experience!

    First, thanks to Bob and the folks at Deep Cove for putting these clinics on and for lending me the wing blade (though my wife is not thanking you right now -- she foresees an expensive purchase). The session I attended had only two kayakers, so the emphasis was definitely on surf skis, but the lessons were absolutely universal and applicable to any double-bladed paddle.

    I was with Leon Somme a couple of weeks back and he told me that Oscar would be larger than life -- boy, was he right! Oscar is physically imposing, quick-witted, opinionated, and definitely an authority. He's also a very funny man who is constantly making wry comments about everyone, including himself, so he had the group laughing much of the time.

    He has a very scientific teaching progression: lots of exercises that isolate various parts of the stroke or work specific parts of the body. All of these add up to a stroke that is relaxed and natural, if you can unlearn some of the bad habits that years of just paddling around have given you (as is my case). Beyond the specific drills, my big takeaways are:

    1) Fitness is great, but technique is much more important. Oscar puts himself through technical drills several times a week, and mentioned that these are better preparation for a race than an endurance session.

    2) Isolating parts of the stroke is helpful for the whole. Breakdown drills are an essential part of other sports, so why would paddling be any different?

    I will certainly take another clinic if Oscar passes through Vancouver again, since there is so much to absorb, practice, internalize (and unlearn) about this most basic stroke.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
     
  7. KayDubbya

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    I just watched "This is the Sea - 5" last night and there is a great segment on the DVD that covers Oscar's last win of the Molokai. Wish I could have attended the clinic. Maybe next time...
     
  8. lilydipper

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    Nice Post Andrew! I'm really glad you enjoyed the clinic. I will forward your comments to Oscar as I am sure he will appreciated them. As I escorted Oscar to all of his clinics in various parts of North Vancouver, I was able to sit in on all of his 5 clinics and was still picking up info in the last one. While most of the people in the courses were surf ski paddlers they all started off as sea kayakers and many of them still use sea kayaks for camping and surf skis for weekly fun and exercise and as you noted the stroke Oscar teaches is very universal. He said its rare that he gets so many surf ski paddlers into his clinics.
    We are already making plans for his next year's visit.
    Bob